Barry/The Flash may have accepted the truth that he can’t fly solo and needs his Team to move forward, but the scars of broken trust at the hands of Harrison Wells could fracture his team once again.
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Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) has just announced “Your world is in danger.” further explaining that the singularity created a breach or portal between parallel worlds, which is where he comes from. In his world he too was The Flash. During a battle with Zoom, an unstoppable evil speedster demon with the face of death, a portable opened, sucking Jay in and dropping him here, but leaving him powerless. He adds, if Atom Smasher got through, who knows who else got through.
He warns Team Flash that they are all in danger, if Zoom has sent one meta from his world to kill Barry/Flash, he will send more. Zoom wants to be the only speedster in any world and will stop at nothing to ensure this.
Barry (Grant Gustin) has no problem accepting that there could be parallel worlds, but the jury is out on whether Jay is really another Flash and can he be trusted. After all the crap that Wells fed him, he can’t be too safe. Being a true scientist, he needs proof, setting Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) to the task of doing tests on Jay, which don’t show signs of superpowers, but, as she notes to Iris (Candice Patton), he’s certainly in the “physical specimen range.” Could Caitlin be falling for The Flash from another world?
On a side note here – Caitlin did secretly do a lie detector test on Jay, which he passed with flying colors, but this still isn’t enough for Barry.
Regardless of whether Jay/Flash had or has powers, Barry needs to trust he is who he says he is if he wants to take down the Meta of the Week, Eddie Slick/Sand Demon (Kett Turton), who’s been sent by Zoom to kill Barry/Flash. With powers that allow his cells to migrate, harden and become like sand, Sand Demon proves to be quite the formidable foe.
Meanwhile, back at police headquarters, Joe (Jesse L. Martin) is trying hard to ignore the ever persistent and spunky Officer Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), who wants nothing more than to be part of Joe’s Meta Task Force. Her father was killed by Mark Mardon (Liam McIntyre) during a bank robbery and she is hell bent on taking down Metas. On the softer side of things, Patty’s love of forensic science could be the spark that makes Barry’s heart skip a beat again, but not before he has to rescue her from Sand Demon, who kidnapped her as bait.
Another pep talk from Iris is in order before Barry finally accepts that not everyone is Wells and in order to keep his team believing in him he needs to trust Jay.
Pointing out that lighting + sand = glass, Jay teaches Barry how to create a lightening ball by using the static electricity created from his speed.
Finding Speed Demon becomes a challenge though. This is where Cisco (Carlos Valdes) comes in, he has inadvertently discovered that he can do a sort of mind travel which allows him to step into events that have already happened, thus looking around for clues as to location. He plays this off as a hunch, because he wants to keep this hidden. Wells told him it was a gift he had bestowed on him, and everything Wells did was evil.
A plan is set in motion in which both Flash’s will team together. Isn’t trust a wonderful thing? Jay/Flash will distract Sand Demon while Barry/Flash sets Patty free and detonates a concussion bomb attached to her chair. As Sand Demon repels the vibration, Barry/Flash starts in motion to create a lightening ball. Once struck, Sand Demon turns to glass and shatters. Patty calls for Flash, both Barry and Jay come to her aid, kneeling by her side, the Flash’s create a mirror image of each other. I’m guessing this was no accident.
Back at Star Labs, Cisco and Stein (Victor Garber), being perfect science geeks, are ecstatic about the prospect of parallel worlds, unfortunately the breach/portal needs to be closed, but where it is has yet to be deciphered. During a “Beautiful Mind” scene, Stein summarizes they are dealing with transdimensional energy that has leaked from one dimension to another and by using electro photography they should be able to see where the breach is. The idea works, trouble is, there are actually 52 breaches, the largest being within Star Labs. Before Stein can say anymore, he has what appears to be a stroke.
Cut to another world where Star Labs is a giant in science and technology, specializing in artificial intelligence, genetics and meta humans, founded by Dr. Harrison Wells, the Savior of Central City.
OK, so I’m a huge fan of time travel and parallel universes, but, there’s one thing that has had me stumped since last week, if Eobard Thawne is never born because Eddie Thawne kills himself, how could Barry still be the Flash and Star Labs even exist? This is where my science geek son steps in, explaining that this is actually a paradox. Thawne is the one who would not have been born, not Harrison Wells. Thawne had killed Wells and took his identity. With no Thawne, Wells could still have done all of those things before he died, thus not changing where things were in time.
This plays so well into the alternate world in which Wells could have become the great and powerful Wells, but is he on the side of good or evil?
And what about Zoom? Is he Thawne from another world? If so, will this viscous cycle between him and Flash continue forever? At least until all the breaches are closed, I suppose.
If you have a theory, I’d love to hear it.
PS – I haven’t read the comics.
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